Five different players scored and three players scored three goals each leading the Susquehanna University Women's Lacrosse team to a 13-8 victory over Lebanon Valley Wednesday afternoon in the season opener for each team on Sassafrass Field in Selinsgrove.
Ashley Rose Lynn, Brooke Klair and Caroline Rabeicki scored three goals each and Klair added three assists to lead the team with six points. Helena Woytovich and Kathrina DeMaio had two goals each and DeMaio added a pair of assists as well.
The River Hawks scored three of the first four goals of the game to take an early lead as DeMaio, Lynn and Klair each scored to get the team off to a quick start.
"I was happy with the way we started the game and came out with energy and intensity," said head coach Laura Moan. "It was great to see the balanced scoring from a variety of players."
After Lebanon Valley (0-1) scored to cut the lead in half at 4-2, the River Hawks responded with three straight goals to take a 7-2 lead. DeMaio, Lynn and Rabeicki scored for Susquehanna.
The Dutchmen stopped the rally with a goal at the six-minute mark but the River Hawks scored two more time before the end of the half to take an 8-3 lead into the break. Klair and Woytovich each scored late in the period for Susquehanna.
The teams traded goals to start the second half with Lynn scoring her third of the game and Rabeicki notching a pair of goals including a man-up effort.
The second Rabeicki goal of the half sparked a three-goal run as the River Hawks forged ahead 13-5 with 8:56 remaining.
Lebanon Valley scored the final three goals of the game to trim the lead but never really threatened the comfortable Susquehanna lead.
"The defense stepped up today and protected Libby (Dex) in her first career start," said Moan of the freshman goalie that finished with seven saves. "She made some big saves when we needed them. I was happy to see the younger players get a chance to play today and gain some good game experience."
The win was the seventh consecutive in home openers for the River Hawks with a streak dating back to 2010.
The River Hawks travel to Misericordia Saturday and at Alvernia March 1 before returning home to face Frostburg State March 8.